Statement of Faith
The sole authority for the beliefs and faith of Athol Baptist Church is the Scriptures of the Holy Bible which is the inspired Word of God. This Church subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000.
Section 1. Marriage
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, Athol Baptist Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the Pastors and staff of Athol Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Athol Baptist Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
Section 2. Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
Section 3. Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Athol Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our pastoral staff, led by the Senior Pastor, is Athol Baptist Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
Section 4. Gender and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
(Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Athol Baptist Church.